This is the kind of film that keeps us smiling, not laughing, with its wry images and touching emotions. It gets a bit much here and there, as O'Donnell goes over the edge in his efforts to tug on the heartstrings. Performances are very good, especially from Sheen, although the character is perhaps a bit too nice-but-dim to be believed. But he has a charming physical presence, especially in the film's slightly absurd moments. Meanwhile, the supporting cast all do interesting things with their characters, although none are allowed to inject badly needed energy into the film. Yes, Colin's journey is more than a little dull, mostly due to a script that tries far too hard to be quaint and sweet without ever properly focussing the characters or situations. As a result, we never really buy into it, even though we want to.
dir Damien O'Donnell|
scr Paul Fraser
with Michael Sheen, Jane Robbins, Jim Carter, Mark Addy, Celia Imrie, Ruth Jones, Mark Strong, Phillipa Peak, Jade Rhodes, Paul Shane, Paul Slack, Kate Rusby
release UK 2.May.03
Find a way. Colin and Sandra (Sheen and Robbins) have a little talk...
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